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The Honda Civic Type R is here

Published: 29 Sep 2014

Honda has revealed the Civic Type R; the "most extreme and high performing Type R in the 22 year history of the red ‘H' badge". It's so extreme and high performing, it's gone blue with rage.

Honda has confirmed that the new Civic Type R will feature a 2.0-litre petrol engine producing more than 276bhp.

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This, says Honda, makes the new Civic hot hatch more powerful than any previous Civic, Integra, Accord and even the NSX. Fast, then.

It'll be a Euro 6 compliant engine, which you don't really care about. But it will get a turbocharged engine for the first time, delivering low-down power, which you do really care about.

Don't worry though, Honda is still promising the high-end fireworks "much loved by fanatical Type R owners". You know who you are.

This will also be the first Type R in history to feature a ‘+R' button, too, located next to the steering wheel. Press it, and you loosen yet more of the Civic's straitjacket. The engine's responsiveness is "heightened", torque-mapping becomes more aggressive and the steering becomes more responsive. A fine fight on your hands, then.

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Though Honda assures us that the Achilles heel of any powerful front-driver - torque steer - will be minimised thanks to the Civic's ‘steer axis'. A new mechanical system including two supporting ‘kingpins' has been fitted to the front suspension to make sure the Type R goes where you point it, rather than towards the nearest window for a little smooch.

There's active damping too, with four-stages, and of course, the obligatory six-speed manual gearbox. Helpfully, Honda has confirmed that this device "allows the driver to select their chosen gear". Um, thanks for the advice.

"The all-new Civic Type R has been developed and engineered for European drivers," says Honda. "The concept of the Type R is to be the complete driver's car."

Prices will be announced closer to its on sale date in 2015.

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